On the run...to Malaysia and back

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, January 7, 2006

Awoke with the hangover from hell at 7:30 and slowly got my things together before checking out. Tried to get as much vitamin C down my neck as possible over breakfast to try and wake me from my Beer Chang induced coma but to no avail. Took the boat over to the dock and boarded my ferry to Krabi, and secured a seat in the hope of grabbing another hours shut eye.

As I sat down a girl was shouting, "anyone doing a visa run?" and it took me a few minutes before my brain clicked into gear and told my mouth to say yes. I had intended to go through a travel agent in Krabi but she saved me a lot of hassle. Instead of traipsing around Krabi for hours I would be getting straight in a taxi and doing the round trip in about 8 hours. Only 1000 baht which means I was saving 900 baht by not using immigration! I was also going to the Malaysian border rather than Myanmar which meant it was be a free stamp. Another 200 baht saved. Not bad for a 2 second reply.

That taken care of I went to the land of nod until nearing the mainland. It worked wonders and my Beer Chang stupor had almost completely receded. Julia and her friends evidently carried on far later than me as they were faring just as badly and only just managed to get the boat in time, even though they were 10 minutes late!

On the dock I bumped into Kim who was headed the other way to some island called Koh Jum or something although hopefully I'll see him again on Pha Ngan in a few days. Julia and her friends struggled on to catch their bus/boat to Koh Tao, which I shall be doing tomorrow.

Followed the 2 girls doing the run with me and were soon on the way in the taxi. These 2 girls, both from Canada, couldn't have been any more different, they were total opposites. One, the one who organised the trip was loud and irritating whilst the other was quiet and just sat back and slept.

The irritating one sat in the front and we were treated to 4 hours of her whining about the cd player skipping all the time whilst we listened to her entire cd collection of drum and bass. Eventually the cd player gave up and she complained even harder so I was glad when we finally reached the border.

We were crossing into Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim country and they warn women to dress conservatively. She decided to turn up in a skimpy top and hot pants! It was ludicrous and I found it brilliant payback. She received incredulous looks of disbelief from the women and constant ogling and what I can only imagine were rather scandalous insults in Bahasa Malay from the largely male crowd. Filled in all the relevant forms and were motoring back to Krabi within 40 minutes. The journey back was thankfully quiet. The cd player still wasn't working so no banging techno beats this time and the 4 hours back were incredibly tedious.

The weather also decided to turn nasty. As we crossed the border into Malaysia, which coincidentally was a really obscure one which sees about 10 tourists a day, it started pouring with rain. The second we took 3 steps back onto Thai soil it stopped. Weird Either way it was now pouring the whole journey back.

Checked into a room for the night, a fairly reasonable 200 baht, in Krabi and booked my bus/boat to Koh Tao for tomorrow night. An overnight boat! Should be an experience and hopefully a good one. I was going to head back to Koh Pha Ngan but seeing as I've been there for 8 days already I should really check out somewhere else. Lets hope I can find somewhere to stay as I'm not doing a dive course.

Fancied watching a bit of footie on the TV so holed up in the Irish bar over the road for some good old fish and chips, with snapper no cod, before retiring to bed for an essential diary writing catch up session.
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